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On Baseball: Dominant Dodgers Are Not Getting Ahead of Themselves

“Great teams are streaky — they’ll have unbelievable months, and they’ll have an O.K. month,” said Alex Wood, the All-Star left-hander. “For us now, it’s way past the point of, ‘They’re just hot.’ That’s just who we’ve become and who we are. You start getting into August, September and into October, and you want to get hot at that time. But it’s not really a matter of getting hot. It’s just playing the way we’ve been playing all year.”

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Yu Darvish joins a team with the majors’ best E.R.A.

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Until Wednesday, the Dodgers had won a major league-record 53 games in a row in which they held a lead at any point. They are 41-7 since June 7, the best 48-game stretch in the majors in 75 years. They had outscored their opponents by 187 runs, and their 3.11 earned run average is by far the best in the majors.

“We thought we were going to end up winning the division, for sure,” Jansen said. “That’s the confidence we carry. But this is like moving to the next level.”

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